Mother and Daughter File Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Illinois School

Nov 11, 2010 - LegalZoom News Sources
Mother and Daughter File Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Illinois School

The mother of a student at Hononegah High School in Illinois, has filed a federal lawsuit against the school district claiming it violated her daughter's civil rights, the Rockford Register Star reports.

The lawsuit was filed recently by Kelly Wilkerson on behalf of her daughter Antoneisha Walker, who is a sophomore at the school. In the suit, Walker contends that her algebra teacher, Maureen Schnaper, told a racist joke at her expense during a class in December 2009.

According to the suit, Schnaper wrote an algebra problem on the board during the class, and when Walker said she did not understand it, the teacher responded "You wouldn't - it's a white thing."

Schnaper then told Walker she should understand a second problem put on the board.

"Why, because I’m black?" Walker asked the teacher.

"Yes," Schnaper replied, and the rest of the class laughed, the complaint said.

The lawsuit also claims that the school's administration did not properly handle the incident after Wilkerson told the school's principal and superintendent what had happened.